Some comments and questions from those participating tomorrow. We’ll be trying to answer these questions and more! Join us
Questions about balancing action
Can individuals stop the climate crisis?
To what extent does changing consumer habits affect policymakers opinions on whether they should enact legislation - or, if habits change, do politicians feel less required to legislate against harmful behaviour?
So we have to change habits, AND we have to browbeat government, AND we have to attempt to become the majority. The goals are clear: 1. reduce/eliminate consumption of harmful things 2. get government to legislate where encouragement doesn’t work 3. NOT alienate the public in the process so that more will join us The question is, how?
How much power do we have as ordinary people to bring about change when the media is so controlled by the government, and big business dominates?
No voluntary initiative will ever have sufficient and long-lasting effect to stop Climate Change. That requires laws and compulsion and only government can enact laws. So should we not concentrate all our effort on a) governments, b)politicians and c) those that influence them?
In what ways can disabled people who are housebound help to campaign & contribute.
Questions about the role of local authorities
I am interested in joining this webinar as our local group are discussing how to lobby our district council as well as lobbying candidates for our county council election in May,
I have particular interest in the responsibility of local government to assist low income households to live greener with financial gain rather than detriment. Such as solar panels for all council properties and free sustainable public transport.
I’ve participated in sessions devising climate change actions, following on from the local Town Council making a cc declaration. It’s hard to know how to deal with issues that require action from a higher level of local government, or national level policy. How to persuade local councils to demand changes needed and create upward pressure?
What approach do you believe local governments should take to begin to make a significant impact?
Questions about international responses
Q: @Rupert Read - What are your thoughts on what it would take for the “United Nations” to live up to its name and really act as united nations? More specifically, what can be done to help the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals be achieved by 2030?
What can be done to make COP 26 the success it needs to be
Surely the biggest thing we can do is reduce our global population.
Questions about the impact of commercial pressure
Could mass action in the form of household & family green living affect government policy through commercial pressure?
How to cut the number of flights, and prevent airport and air travel expansion?
Questions about systemic change
How does the panel see the role of structures such as Participatory democracy/Governance, deliberative Democracy and models like democratic confederalism in creating system change? and how we can implement these in such divisive times?
Where should we put our energy in our local communities? And are actions such as those of XR best taken centrally or devolved to be near where we live?
I’m interested in hearing the panel’s (and others) views on whether the government is capable of stepping up to the climate crisis - and whether the current political system is capable of moving from fossil fuels to renewables. Do we need a different political and economic system? If so, which system(s)? And how do we make the change?
Answers to the question itself
A balance of both? System change from grassroots- influencing the government. Voting/democracy doesn’t seem to be addressing the issue with urgency required
Surely its a mix of personal responsibilities through where we bank etc, presurising our work places to become eithical through culture and policy change and also governmental responsibilites too. Why is the debate always either or, rather than everything
Is the climate and ecological crisis in the hands of the people or government? It MUST and has always resided in the will of the people to save themselves and their progeny!
My main questions are already covered in your description above. I am more and more convinced that consumer behaviour could be where we need to be focusing our energies. The markets are very sensitive to any changes. They monitor everything very closely. Let’s scare the shit out of them!!
Decades of asking consumers to ‘do the right thing’ hasn’t worked. We need state wide, nationwide, international laws to make a real difference, but let’s not be hypocrites and let’s do the best we can as well and encourage others to do the same.
Can we end the confusion between net and zero?
I have been asking myself the same questions. I am very concerned that a Tory government with a big majority will do all they can to avoid acting on the science!
Habits and behaviour are not solely ‘consumer’ habits and behaviour.